Bathrooms: Easy DIY Staging Tips

blog-bathroom-staging-tipsFirst impressions are especially important when it comes to bathrooms, an area where potential home buyers don’t typically spend a lot of time. We’ve outlined a few of our favorite tips for staging your bathroom (and some easy updates even if you’re not trying to sell your home).

  1. Keep it sparkling clean. Remove all traces of dirt and mold from shower doors and tiles. Get rid of rugs and fuzzy toilet seat covers, wipe down baseboards, sweep and mop floors. Dirt, hair, mildew and soap scum are major turn-offs for buyers.
  2. Remove clutter–even if it’s functional. Buyers don’t want to see your combs, toothbrushes, hair dryers, and toiletries stacked on the counter. Keep these personal items in a caddy to easily store out of sight in a cupboard when not in use.
  3. Add spa-like accessories. A few candles, decorative soaps and a beautiful plant (we like orchids) can help any bathroom feel a bit more luxurious. Avoid the temptation to use heavy deodorizers.
  4. Replace old bathroom fixtures with new ones. Sleek, modern fixtures can give your bathroom an instant facelift at a fraction of the cost of a complete renovation. Shop your local home improvement store for inexpensive cabinet hardware, faucets, shower heads, towel bars, toilet paper bars and lights.
  5. Add some high-quality plush towels that coordinate with the rest of the bathroom’s color scheme. Hide your “real” everyday use towels (just toss them in the in the dryer out of sight) when buyers are coming through and put out fresh clean ones — neutral colors typically work best for photos. To get a “spa-like” look, we recommend rolling up a few white hand towels to place on the counter or next to the tub.
  6. Keep counter wipes, glass cleaner, and paper towels handy in every bathroom for quick clean-ups. You never know when that call will come from a potential buyer who wants to tour your house!

Making a few budget-friendly changes can get your bathroom looking great for any target market. Need more staging tips for your Katy, Cypress or Houston area home? Three Bears Home Staging can help! Contact us here to schedule a Walk & Talk Consultation or call (832) 377-0785.

Resolve to Sell! Quick Tips for Getting Your Home Market Ready in 2015

blog-resolve2015Last year’s “Resolve to Sell” post was hands down our most popular blog post on Pinterest, so with that in mind, we thought we’d follow up with some more helpful tips about how to start getting your house ready to go on the market in 2015!

  1. Declutter. As a home stager, I can say this is without question the number one issue most home sellers face when preparing to sell their homes. Buyers need to focus on the great light, awesome space and beautiful architectural features of your home–not be distracted by your curios and collections! Packing starts BEFORE you list your home. Put away a good percentage of everything in the room in order to create a more clean, open and spacious feel.
  2. Make repairs. Buyers will almost always over-estimate the cost of repairs and may use that to low-ball an offer on your home. Get rid of the buyer’s mental repair list by fixing it yourself! Touch up paint, fix nail pops or tape-and-float cracks, and make sure appliances work properly.
  3. Modernize. Make sure your home reflects trends that are timeless, not fads that are tiresome. Do you have lots of brass hardware that needs to be painted or replaced? Could those wallpapered walls use a facelift? Flip through home decor magazines and see how your home compares.
  4. Clean, clean, clean! The dirty work speaks for itself but is often overlooked because you’ve lived there for so long. Are there cobwebs around the front entryway? Do the windows need to be wiped down? Is there mildew in the bathroom? Are there any cooking or pet smells? Ask your realtor or stager to be brutally honest and listen to their advice–buyers WILL notice!
  5. Improve curb appeal. Curb appeal is literally the first impression and sets the tone for the way the buyer will view the rest of the house. Remember the goal for the exterior of the home is the same as the interior:  a clean, open, sunny and well-manicured look. Read our blog post on how to maximize curb appeal.

If you need help getting started or knowing what to tackle first, contact us at (832) 377-0785 for a consultation! We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead as our blog continues to grow, thanks to readers like you. We hope you’ll continue following our home staging adventures in the coming months!

Resolve to Sell! Quick Tips for Getting Your Home Market Ready in 2014

Resolve to Sell in 2014With the holidays now behind us, it’s time to plunge into 2014 with new goals and expectations. If putting your home on the market is part of the plans you have for 2014, it’s important to remember a few basic tips for preparing your home to sell (even for sellers on a modest budget):

  1. Clean up the exterior! Power wash the siding, decks, porches and driveway, add fresh mulch to beds, mow and edge the lawn, and remove decorative lawn ornaments (Even if you love the garden gnomes and reflecting balls, remember that potential buyers may not. Pack them up before you put your home on the market).
  2. Consider new paint. Most houses need at least some touching up, and many need a complete color overhaul.  Professional home stagers are skilled color consultants and can provide expert advice (even when the seller does not plan to professionally stage).
  3. Begin packing NOW–before the home goes on the market. I cannot over emphasize the importance of decluttering. You may even consider renting a temporary storage unit to hold boxes and extra furniture. Eliminating clutter can make even smallest home feel more spacious and orderly to potential buyers.
  4. Clean. A clean house gives potential buyers the impression that the home has been well cared for. A dirty, cluttered space gives the opposite impression. Most professional home stagers will ask buyers to have the home thoroughly cleaned prior to staging and regularly while the listing is active.

If you need help getting started or knowing what to tackle first, contact us for a consultation! We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead as our blog continues to grow, thanks to readers like you. We hope you’ll continue following our home staging adventures in the coming months!